Welcome to our travels and adventures

Welcome to our travels and adventures

Warm and Loving It!

Barb & I cleaned all the pine needles we collected back at Ashburn. They have to be cleaned and soaked in water before Barb can weave them into her beautiful baskets! Along with laundry, the task of cleaning the ends off took most of the afternoon on Tuesday.

Friday, we returned to Dick and Karla’s. Our stereo receiver finally gave up the ghost – too bad it did go with the other electrical equipment. Sorry, I digress, after lunch, we took our bedroom TV and the receiver for recycling and shopped a little to replace them both. Of course we didn’t go totally prepared with measurements and could only ‘window shop’! Oh well, it gives us a better idea of what we want. Thanks heavens, Dick drove or we probably would have taken much longer finding the places.

Dick & Karla showed us around their town and we toured down to the beach. It’s a beautiful area. We walked a bit on the beach and watched a fisherman try to catch dinner along with the Snowy Egret, Great Egret and a Blue Heron. They didn’t take their eyes off the bait bucket! It was a beautiful day and we headed back for happy hour before going to the Firkin and Fox for dinner. The evening brought us face to face with a new card game that was fun!

Saturday was equally beautiful weather wise. Our friends suggested we return to the beach for ‘all you can eat’ pancakes on the beach! That’s right up my alley! It was great, good food and good company, all while sitting at a cafĂ© table on the beach in the morning sunshine! It was a treat! Of course, after gobbling all the pancakes and sausages, we need to take a walk on the beach to be able to fit me into the car!

Next, we stumbled into a craft and art show – on the beach. The last time we went to a craft show, we bought a new vessel sink for our bathroom, I’m glad we don’t have any walls big enough for some of the art we saw! It was a small but very good art show.

Dick and Karla took us over the Tampa Bay Sunshine Skyway Bridge into St Petersburg’s beach. What a view! Check out the web site here . We pulled into a beach area after the Skyway for a break and see lots of Horseshoe crabs that met a sad fate. After this exciting excursion, we head back to their place for lunch and a lawn bowling lesson! I kidded Dick that you know your old when you spend time on the lawn bowling ‘green’! But I ate my words, we had a lot of fun with lots of laughs. Lawn bowling is similar to golf, you know what and where you want your ball to go but it’s another matter to get it there!
Dick spoke of a Chinese restaurant nearby so off we went for dinner! After dinner, cards again and then a round of Wizard! Great times with good friends, what more can anyone ask for?

Tuesday we had an excursion over to Apollo beach to view the Manatees. It was neat to see them lazing around, enjoying the warm waters from the Tampa Bay Power plant. We saw cat fish, fiddler crabs by the hundreds, spinning sharks jumping out of the water, sting rays swimming by and of course the manatees! We had hoped to launch the kayak to paddle among them but that was not possible. On the way home, we stopped at the side of the road to watch a small flock of Sandhill Cranes! Seeing wildlife is always a thrill!
Our weather here is perfect, mid 70’s and 50’s at night! Hope all is well where ever you are.

Settled in Central Florida

We always talk to whoever wants to listen about ones expectations. I’m sure you gleaned that we were somewhat disappointed on our arrival here at the SKP Resort and that was due to our expectations. You can not compare one SKP facility to another. Yes, they are all from the same club but that is why the club is so great, you have choices and different experiences. You may have guessed by now that we have recalibrated ourselves and are quite happy to be here!

Saturday was a relaxing day, Barb busy with her videos and me doing the necessary chores of post set up – the bug cleaning detail! Sunday, we drove over to see Dick & Karla, our Minnesota friends with the log cabin that we have often talked about. They live in a very nice senior community about 50+ miles east of us. They have a very busy schedule with a golf course, lawn bowling, shuffle boards, pool, hot tub and active social gatherings in the club house. Whew! I had to have a nap after hearing of all their activities! We haven’t seen them since our return trip from Alaska in 2009 and had a lot of catching up to do! After a great lunch, we had to walk off all the good eats and Barb got to pick her first ‘fresh’ orange off a tree!

On our way over to Dick & Karla’s, we stopped at Lowes and picked up some electrical parts and a breaker to finish off some repairs after our power surge and I spent most of the next day fixing and changing some assignments in the panel. Now we can control the converter from the breaker panel easier and with the solar panels, this may help to reduce our electric bill somewhat.

We have moved to a site where we can possibly stay longer so we’re here until at least Jan 23rd! It’s a very nice site, cement pad and patio, 50A electrical and a SEWER! Yea! Now we’re going to be staying long enough to try out our new solar rope lights and patio markers that we bought in September!

Knock, knock… a gentleman was at the door and asked if we would like to join them and a few friends for happy hour across the street from us. How nice! We gratefully accepted and at the appointed time (3PM) we took our lawn chairs and enjoyed an hour of fellowship with about 20 other SKPs. It was cool so everyone was trying to sit in the sunshine!

Another week has zipped by. We hope y’all are doing well and not too bothered by the snows and cold weather up north.

It's a New Year

We got through the New Year in grand style with Jim & Lydia. In looking back, 2010 was quite a ride! The picture is a log of our travels using Google Earth. This is a neat representation provided by the DataStorm service. We have met many nice people, traveled through many sights and enjoyed our RVing lifestyle! It is quite an adventure and we feel lucky to be able to do it.

With sad hearts, we say farewell to Jim and Lydia. As I said in our previous post, it’s always sad to leave a good thing! The deal here at Wanee Lake RV Park is too good so Barb & I decide to stay a few more days to enjoy the warm weather and more golf! The park is not busy! There are only 2 other rigs here besides us and one is the camp host! They have impromptu socials and we got to have some home made peach ice cream at one of the socials. Neat.

Now that we are all stiff and sore from so much golf in a short time, we kick back and toured through Ashburn – that took us all of 20 minutes and that was because we couldn’t find the post office!

While golfing, Barb found a great Georgia long needle pine tree where she could collect needles for her pine needle basket weaving craft. When we returned from our exhaustive touring of Ashburn, we walked out on the golf course and collected a bag of pine needles, keeping an eye out for stray golf balls and golfers coming up the 8th hole. Here is a picture of a lost ball! It is stuck in a bunch of twigs, nestled in the crux of a tree branch 20 feet up – I bet that golfer is still wondering where his or her ball went!

We are finally on our way south on I75. We stop at the Flying J in Valdosta Ga for fuel. We liked it better when it was the Flying J, not so much since it was bought out by Pilot. The traffic was light until we got down to Ocala area. Of course, the closer we got to Tampa, we had to navigate through even more traffic. By the time we got down to Wauchula, Florida, it was too dark to find the SKP Resort  so we decided to stay at WalMart – we had to stop and shop anyway! We try to avoid parking in a campsite in the dark – it’s much easier at WalMart!

Our plan was to stay a month so we can visit with our Minnesota friends and see this area of Florida. When we pulled into the Escapee park, we were surprised that they do not have any available sites and we have to stay in the over flow area. When asked about a longer stay site, we were advised that they don’t expect anything until the end of the month. Now some of you might ask – why didn’t you make a reservation – well, Escapee’s parks don’t take reservations. Most use the ‘first in, first out’ rule but here, that does not come into effect until the end of January! So, here we are with only 20A electric and water. It is a very nice park though; even the White Ibis are comfortable as seen just outside the rig!

When we started this trip back in Nov ’10, we had trouble locating a WalMart to stay in and Barb said that this was an omen! She was so right! Now that we are all set up, we have to devise a Plan B!

Stay tuned, we’re never sure where we’ll end up!

It’s a Magic Time….

Barb & I had a very nice Christmas even if we were alone in the maintenance compound of the golf course. We managed to sleep in till 9 then raced down to the ‘tree’ to see what Santa left us! After our traditional rum and eggnog, we had a late breakfast and kicked back. We had planned to gather pine needles and find a Geocache in the state park but it started to rain and didn’t stop until late in the evening – at least it’s not snow! So we fired up the TV and watched some Christmas shows and prepared our turkey dinner. A wonderful time it was!

We woke up on Boxing Day to snow flurries!! Yes, that’s correct – snow flurries! Yuck! So another laid back day, Barb working on her videos and me scanning more photos of times past.

Slowly, the weather is warming and we finally got all the bird houses painted and re-mounted on their pole on the golf course. Of course, we did not mark where we took the bird houses from so when we went back out to put them back, our senior memories …. Well you get the picture! We put the bird houses up in the morning and golfed after lunch! A perfect arrangement!

We have learned that the next volunteers are coming in on Jan 1 so we have to vacate by then. Jim & Lydia have suggested we get together for New Years celebrations so we’re making plans for that. Unfortunately, they were snowed in on the mountain and their departure from there is up in the air so we’re all playing it by ear!

Our plans are set, we’re meeting up with Jim & Lydia at Wanee Lake Country Club and RV Park in Ashburn, Ga for more golf, friendship and of course, food and beverages! We’re kinda sad to be leaving Meadow Links as the weather is warming and we would like to have played a few more rounds. But that can be said for most good things, you always want more!

We arrived at Wanee Lake before our friends and set up. The reception was very friendly, the manager suggested we take a cart out and tour the course while we are waiting. Jim & Lydia arrived about an hour after they expected to because of a traffic jam on I-75! Once here, we hugged and greeted each other as if we had not seen them since ‘for ever’! We had dinner then an evening of catch up on their ‘white’ Christmas in Atlanta – first one in over 100 years! They could not go back home as the mountain was closed due to snow and ice!

New Year’s eve, we played golf, had happy hour and dinner then rang in the New Year! We played a new board game – Sequence – and had lots of laughs and good times.  Wow you should see all the wine bottles. (Hum-m-m I vonder whod drawk all our whine?)  We all turned in by 2 AM so we would all be able to stand up the next day for more golf!

A great time and we hope ya’ll had a nice New Year too.